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The ultimate list of the best coffee shops in Vancouver

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Alfred Drinking Coffee Oct 10, 2018 9:21 am

As one of Vancouver’s biggest coffee lovers, I felt it was fitting to curate a list of coffee shops that you need to go check out when you’re in need of a time-stopping cup of joe.

From Commercial Drive to Gastown to Coal Harbour, this city is stacked with stellar craft roasters and purveyors of amazing local, national, and international beans.

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Please don’t tackle this list all at once – a caffeine overdose would almost definitely ensue – but be sure to check each spot off and grab a piping hot cup of coffee or espresso at these 19 awesome coffee spots in the city.

Spade

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A fairly new shop in town (it opened in November 2017), Spade is slowly becoming a Commercial Drive staple. This Italian-inspired coffee shop by day, tapas and wine spot by night serves up 49th Parallel Coffee and some amazing food (Italian nachos please). Grab yourself a coffee and one of their Breakfast Sammy’s, you won’t regret it.

Address: 1858 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
Phone: +1-604-428-4092

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Prado

 

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With four locations in Vancouver, Prado is a fast-growing mini-chain that still maintains that local coffee shop vibe. Their food and baked goods are all made in-house, and they brew a mean coffee that’ll keep you wired for hours.

Address: 1938 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
Phone: +1-604-255-5537

Address: 100 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: +1-778-379-4315

Address: 4208 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Riley Park
Phone: +1-604-620-7977

Address: 1809 Fir Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone: +1-604-559-6638

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Nemesis

 

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Nemesis opened up in 2017 and from that time it has managed to establish itself as the definition of coffee culture in Vancouver. Stop by Nemesis if you want some amazing coffee from around the world, great food, and some great hip-hop records put on repeat. Pro tip – no outlets here, come for the coffee and not to write that novel.

Address: 302 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown

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Revolver

 

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There is nothing that can be said about Revolver that hasn’t been said before. Revolver is what all coffee shops in Vancouver have in some way modelled their motif around. They are the Vancouver coffee landmark known around the world for amazing coffee.

Address: 325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: +1-604-558-4444

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Timbertrain

 

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This roaster/coffee shop has established itself in Gastown and when you walk in prepare to be overwhelmed with the selection of amazing coffee from either their slow bar or their drip bar – if you’re in luck, they’ll have nitro cold brew ready to go. Whatever you choose you’ll walk out with their famously good coffee. You can also get some of the offerings at their sister cafe on the other side of town, Depot.

Address: 311 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: +1-604-915-9188

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Black Echo

 

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Two words: Butter. Espresso. OK – I don’t think you heard me, BUTTER ESPRESSO! This hidden gem in the heart of Yaletown is not only a great place to grab an Americano with their unique butter espresso, but it’s also inside a clothing store so you can do a little bit of shopping while waiting for your coffee.

Address: 1144 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: +1-604-806-6223

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Aubade

 

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Eldric at Aubade is a coffee genius. Not only will you get yourself the most amazing coffee in your life when you go to Aubade, but you’ll also get the background of the coffee and learn something new each and every time you stop by. You definitely get some solid coffee knowledge with your delicious cup of joe.

Address: 230 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone:
 +1-604-219-9247

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49th Parallel

 

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If you haven’t heard of 49th Parallel, then you’ve never been to Vancouver, because every coffee-drinking Vancouverite knows the friendly coffee giant that is 49th Parallel. With three locations around the city, you can be sure that anytime you stop by one of their shops you can get a standardly delicious cup of coffee, and also you can grab a Lucky’s doughnut, which is just heavenly.

Address: 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Phone:
+1-604-872-4901

Address: 689 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Coal Harbour
Phone:
+1-604-620-4905

Address: 2198 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone:
+1-604-420-4901

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Elysian

 

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A local coffee roaster that has set itself up nicely in Kitsilano and a few locations the downtown core. There’s a perfect balance of fruity flavors in their coffee that any coffee aficionado would like.

Address: 590 W Broadway, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Central Broadway
Phone:
 +1-604-874-5909

Address: 1778 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone:
+1-604-734-1778

Address: 2301 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Phone:
+1-604-559-0510

Address: 1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone:
 +1-778-379-1512

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Milano

 

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With multiple gold awards from coffee experts around the world, Milano Roasters espresso is world renowned and conveniently located in Vancouver (in four locations). With a wide array of espressos to try from you can be sure to find the right espresso for you.

Address: 156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Phone:
+1-604-879-4468

Address: 36 Powell Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone:
+1-604-558-0999

Address: 849 Denman Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: West End
Phone:
+1-604-681-1500

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Coffee Bar

 

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As it says in the name, this is the coffee bar. You stop by here for a cup of coffee, a nice pastry, and to just hang out in general. Grab yourself some 49th parallel coffee and just relax when you get here.

Address: 10 Water Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: +1-604-566-9693

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Buro

 

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A coffee bar that now has two locations, one at a prime location in the heart of Gastown and the other on bustling Robson Street. Serving up 49th Parallel and a mean Spanish latte, this spot has got to be on a coffee lovers’ to-do list.

Address: 356 Water Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: +1-604-915-6744

Address: 579 Robson Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown

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Small Victory

 

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This is the marriage of bread and coffee, or the marriage of baked goods and coffee, or just delicious desserts and coffee…seriously go try their food. They also have phenomenal local roasters on the bar at all times and a brand new location giving them hubs in Yaletown and South Granville.

Address: 1088 Homer Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: +1-604-899-8892

Address: 3070 Granville Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Granville
Phone: +1-604-899-8892

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Quantum Coffee

 

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New to the Vancouver coffee scene, this Toronto-based shop opened up with a bang, introducing a concept of a coffee shop/school to the city. Quantum gives patrons the ability to take classes at ‘brainstation.’ They also have the coolest pour over machine that is fully automated.

Address: 455 Granville Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: +1-604-368-8400

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Propaganda

 

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This coffee shop in Chinatown that serves up some of the most delicious coffees from around Canada, including Phil and Sebastian, Anchored Coffee, Detour, Pilot, and a plethora of others. You’re certain to find the coffee that best suits your tastes here.

Address: 209 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone:
+1-604-974-8829

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Modus

 

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A new player to the roasting game in Vancouver, Modus opened up fairly recently and over this short time have managed to create a great name for themselves in the coffee industry in the city. The Mount Pleasant spot offers coffees that are straightforward and uncomplicated along with a selection of baked goods. Worth checking out, that’s for sure.

Address: 112 W Broadway, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Phone:
+1-604-873-5111

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Matchstick

 

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Matchstick is slowly growing into a family chain among chains. Serving up their own coffee, you can guarantee that they have a standard of excellence that can’t be beaten. Matchstick’s three cafes serve as a community for good food and excellent coffee.

Address: 639 E 15 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Vancouver
Phone:
+1-604-558-0639

Address: 213 E Georgia Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone:
 +1-604-336-0213

Address: 4807 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Riley Park
Phone:
+1-604-569-4807

Address: 1328 Richards Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown

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Our Town

 

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Serving up stellar Modus Coffee, this Main Street shop is in a great location and you can be sure that they will serve you coffee right. Popular among students, musicians, and anyone that loves coffee and baked goods, this cafe has now recently reopened after some serious renovations.

Address: 245 E Broadway, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Giovane

One of the best shops in Coal Harbour for a couple of reasons. The location is right off Harbour Centre so you can grab your coffee to go and just walk along the water. The coffee they use is from Australia and anyone that knows coffee knows it’s ranked as the best in the world. Lastly, the food is made with the freshest of ingredients and are beyond high quality. All in all the experience here is one you cannot turn down, and the same goes for their legendary sugar buns.

Address: Main Floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Coal Harbour
Phone: +1-604-695-5300

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Alfred Drinking Coffee
Alfred is an Accountant by day, and coffee drinker also by day. He reviews coffees and wears colourful shirts, all while documenting it on Instagram. He also creates guides on where to get the best coffee in the city. Follow his caffeinated adventures online and on Instagram.

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